Cultivating Land — and Relationships

Published in Dome - June 2015

Alyssa Walker, a pathobiology grad student and president of the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Student Association, recently joined grad students from the schools of medicine, nursing and public health to help out at Civic Works’ Real Food Farm at Perlman Place, just north of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Real Food Farm promotes green space and trains youth and adults in agricultural and horticultural jobs in some of Baltimore’s most blighted neighborhoods. Above, Walker and her companions dig trenches and raised beds for planting vegetables to be sold at farmers markets, to local restaurants, and through a community-supported agriculture program. This day of service was organized through SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center), The Johns Hopkins University’s community service and service-learning center for the schools of public health, medicine and nursing. In the wake of the recent unrest following the death of Freddie Gray, additional efforts are underway throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine to build trust and improve the quality of life for its neighboring community. Learn what Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and trainees are already doing to help Baltimore City thrive: To find out about SOURCE, visit